Developer Addressing Methane Problem at Otay Ranch Housing Project

The Otay Water District has reached a resolution with HomeFed Corp. to install water meters at the developer’s 450-acre Escaya master-planned community in Otay Ranch after methane and other volatile chemicals were found in soil samples. “We’re proceeding with all our work in the field,” said Kent Aden, vice president of Carlsbad-based HomeFed. He added that the water district’s agreement to move forward with the meters “was kind of a big milestone.”

114 MPH Wind Gust In Snowy Sierra; Storm Heads East

Packing winds in excess of 100 mph (160 kph), a fast-moving winter storm that dumped about a half-foot of snow on the Sierra Nevada made its way Wednesday across the northeast part of the state where the forecast called for icy roads and several inches of blowing and drifting snow. A winter weather advisory was set to expire at 4 p.m. in Lander, Eureka and Elko counties but remained in effect through 10 p.m. Wednesday in White Pine County, where 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters) of snow was expected at Great Basin National Park along the Utah line.

9 of Our Most Shared Facebook Posts in 2017

From Disneyland ticket prices to a powerful message in the sand to Southern Californians finding fun ways to enjoy the rain, San Diegans shared our Facebook posts thousands of times. Here are our top nine most shared Facebook posts of 2017. After months of severe drought, the San Diego County Water Authority declared the drought over in our county. Many San Diegans, doing their best to conserve water, were excited to learn about the news.

Politicians To Trump: Don’t Relicense Oroville Dam Until We Know Why Spillway Failed

Elected officials and other groups representing those living below the troubled Oroville Dam have asked the Trump administration to hold off on renewing its 50-year license, saying the federal government should at least know why the spillway broke in half last winter before signing off. On Wednesday, the dam’s owner, the California Department of Water Resources, sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission saying it was past time to renew the dam’s license, an effort that has been on hold for the past 11 years.

Joe Mosca Appointed To Deputy Mayor Position

In a swift unanimous vote, Encinitas Council member Joe Mosca was appointed to the deputy mayor seat on Dec. 20. Mayor Catherine Blakespear, after thanking outgoing Deputy Mayor Tony Kranz for his past year of service, nominated Mosca without further immediate comment. The other council members quickly agreed. The deputy mayor also traditionally serves as the president of the San Dieguito Water District.

Strong Winds Bring Chilly Temps, Potential Fire Danger Across Much Of The Southland

Strong Santa Ana winds continued to blow through most of Southern California on Thursday morning as a red flag warning and wind advisory remained in effect. The gusty winds brought cold temperatures, but fire officials still warned about the potential fire danger. “Mother nature is not helping us out,” said Battalion Chief Raymond Mitchison, adding that the region has experience “nonstop fire wind” for the past three weeks.

L.A.’s Increasingly Hot And Dry Autumns Result In ‘These Near-Apocalyptic Fires’

For weather experts, autumn in Southern California is “the great race.” The severity of the fall fire season is often determined by what arrives first — the fierce Santa Ana winds or the rains. This year, however, it’s been no contest. Autumn has seen excruciatingly little rain, intensely low humidity, record heat and powerful winds that sparked what is so far the second largest wildfire in modern California history. “The result are these near-apocalyptic fires that we’re seeing,” climatologist Bill Patzert said.

Politicians to Trump: Don’t Relicense Oroville Dam Until We Know Why Spillway Failed

Elected officials and other groups representing those living below the troubled Oroville Dam have asked the Trump administration to hold off on renewing its 50-year license, saying the federal government should at least know why the spillway broke in half last winter before signing off. On Wednesday, the dam’s owner, the California Department of Water Resources, sent a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission saying it was past time to renew the dam’s license, an effort that has been on hold for the past 11 years.